- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: PM Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1604860804
- ISBN-13: 978-1604860801
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 373 customer reviews
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"[Vegetarian Myth] is one of the most important books people, masses of them, can read, as we try with all our might, intelligence, skill, hope, dream , and memory, to turn the disastrous course the planet is on." Alice Walker, prize-winning author, The Color Purple
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Having said that, this book does address many of the problems with the way that we eat and our industrialized food system as a whole. It goes over global problems of hunger, health, and nutrition, addresses why our morality may be flawed when considering whether or not to eat a plant-based diet, and discusses traditional cultures and foods and what we could learn from them. As a student concerned with environmental science, traditional ecological knowledge, and resource management, I can appreciate the way that Keith brings together these ideas and supports the notion that we should eat a biologically-appropriate, regionally-responsible diet. Some may call it a flawed argument that appeals to nature, but this is also addressed within the text, again returning to some of the very successful indigenous peoples who have historically lived in great health due to their being removed from our industrialized food systems.
I'm not giving this book four stars because I think it is perfect, because it isn't; I'm giving it four stars because I think that, for the average person seeking an introduction to our relationship with food around the world and in our modern society, it is a pleasant read with generally-acceptable arguments, despite some of their flawed sources. Of course, it could definitely be improved. Keith uses many arguments that need further support, or just plain better support from more appropriate resources. However, the book is pleasing to read, her writing style is enjoyable, and her general sentiments would be well-supported if she only used the right resources, and more of them. Being an academic, I understand the importance of using quality resources and research to support your position, but I also know that every paper, book, and article will always be biased or flawed based on the author's intentions; that's the point of creating an argument. This is expected in anything you read or hear.
Because I can acknowledge the flaws, and because I'm aware of many other resources which echo her thoughts, I am comfortable with the general takeaway of Keith's work: our current food system is not working, our health needs to be improved through changes to how we eat, and morality goes beyond what we might immediately like to see or think about. The book and writing style are enjoyable, the sentiment and presentation are good, I just wish that she'd taken more care with her research and forming her arguments.
someone's philosophy of life and their thoughts on different cultures....
It's really Unfocused, Unorganized...
My Thoughts are that it was a Total Waste of Time and Money! I got more from the Audio Interview of the Author
and why I ended up buying the book!!!
Another issue is GMO foods, and livestock that have been given antibiotics and growth hormones, which a number of countries have banned. Anyone who has eaten organic produce and meat can taste the difference in quality and nutrition - it's incredible.
It's true that vegetarianism isn't going to save the world because it is the agricultural/farming system itself that is corrupt (think also about how many migrant workers get exploited). When she talks about the earth dying, I think she meant less in a "let's save the earth" way and more of a,"if we keep killing the earth we're going to go extinct," because even without us the earth will repair itself.